Out of the Ballpark Again — Illinois Pro Bono Mobile App

Illinois LegalAid Online does it again.

This time it is their Pro Bono Mobile App, now available for the iPhone, and soon for other platforms.  (See also prior post on their Self-Help App)

This new app offers primers on Illinois law, volunteer opportunity search, and calendar of upcoming legal events.

Lets hope that platforms and states start to offer the same.

More suggestions for tools:  info on courthouses (often pro bono attorneys are less knowledgeable about the layout of courts, quick access to chat help with more experienced attorneys (great to be able to do this on a mobile device from the courtroom), latest legal developments (good to read while waiting with only your smartphone on you.)

More ideas folks?

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3 Responses to Out of the Ballpark Again — Illinois Pro Bono Mobile App

  1. Liz Keith says:

    Congrats to ILAO on this launch! On the other ideas/tools front, on today’s LSNTAP/PBN webinar on online intake, William Guyton from Legal Services Alabama mentioned they are working on an HTML version of their online intake application that is optimized for completion on mobile devices, as they expect usage from mobile devices to increase rapidly over the next few years.

    Today’s NY Times Bits Blog speaks to the importance of this area as well:
    http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/12/mobile-accounts-for-7-percent-of-web-traffic-report-says/?hpw

  2. Lisa Colpoys says:

    love the ideas for additional features/tools!

  3. Gwen Daniels says:

    Pine Tree Legal Assistance is working on a national legal aid news app that should be out sometime this year that should accomplish the “latest legal developments” tool.

    Also, someone asked on the LSTech list about replicating the app. Both this app and our legal aid app are built primarily on HTML, CSS, and Javascript to provide all of the functionality. Both apps uses JSON calls to pull in the data (legal content, opportunities, and events) from an API we built on our statewide website platform, so the code is pretty “state neutral”. Other states could take what we developed and adapt it to pull data from their statewide websites, assuming an appropriate API exists or is built for the platform the state uses, to build their own apps. Look for significant documentation to be available early 2012 through LSNTAP.org

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